Celebrating the Freedom to Read: September 24 - September 30, 2017


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Persepolis Cover
Sep 27 2015 - 2:38pm

For Banned Books Week, we are featuring case studies of banned and challenged Young Adult books. The first in this series is of the graphic novel, Persepolis. This case study first appeared on our sponsor, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's, website.

Sep 23 2015 - 9:33am

This year the theme of Banned Books Week is Young Adult* fiction. We have put together a list of frequenlty challenged YA title from the past year:

Sep 10 2015 - 2:41pm

Banned Books Week 2015 is coming up September 27 – October 3. As a sponsor of the annual week celebrating the freedom to read, CBLDF is proud to offer free print resources for libraries, educators, and retailers who want to join the celebration!

Henrietta Lacks Cover
Sep 9 2015 - 7:30am

Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an award-winning account of science, ethics and medical history. It tells the riveting story of how one woman's cancerous cells were taken without her permission, and became an essential medical research breakthrough linked to an array of projects, including the polio vaccine.

One parent in Tennessee has another word for it: Pornography. 

Aug 24 2015 - 3:26pm

The brainstorming has begun! Writers, librarians and teachers are starting the discussion about what to write, what books to display, and what to teach.

Go to #bannedbooksweek to join the sharing. Let us know what events are coming up.

If you need ideas, check our Pinterest page and ALA’s Ideas & Resources.

Curious Incident Cover
Aug 11 2015 - 10:22am

This post originally appeared on Banned Books Week sponsor, 

Jul 22 2015 - 9:17am

This post originally appeared on “Free Speech,” a monthly column by Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), a Banned Books Week sponsor. The column shares Mr. Finan's personal thoughts and opinions on a broad range of free expression issues.

Is it time to retire Banned Books Week?

Apr 22 2015 - 1:44pm

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation and the world.

Mar 21 2015 - 1:41pm

Applications are open for the 2015 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 27–October 3, 2015).

Applications for the grants will be accepted through May 1, 2015.